Sources: Possible suspects sought in Boston blasts
A photo from witness Ben Thorndike shows a site near one of the Boston bombings, shortly after the blast on Monday.
April 17th, 2013
10:31 PM ET

Sources: Possible suspects sought in Boston blasts

  • After law enforcement sources told CNN that an arrest was made in Boston Marathon bombings, two senior administration officials and another federal official told CNN contributor Fran Townsend that no arrest happened.
  • The bombs, which exploded 12 seconds apart near Boston Marathon finish line Monday, killed three people and wounded 178.
  • Full story here; also, see CNN affiliates WBZ; WCVB; WHDH

[Updated, 10:30 p.m. ET] Two men seen in images near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon - moments before two bombs there exploded - are of "high interest" and are considered "possible suspects," a law enforcement official said.

A circular sent out Wednesday by authorities indicated the attached photos, showing the two men, were being sent around "in an attempt to identify the individuals."The official said the men were of interest because of where they were at a particular time and what they were carrying. One of the men is seen carrying a black backpack.

The source said that authorities had not yet identified the two men by name and that the photographs were not being released to the public for fear of impeding the investigation.

Updated at 9:27 p.m. ET] As of Wednesday night, Boston-area hospitals had released 112 of the 178 treated for injuries sustained in the marathon attack. Thirteen patients are in critical condition, the same number as was reported earlier in the day.

[Updated at 7:32 p.m. ET] The FBI has cancelled its Wednesday news briefing, the Boston police announced. Minutes earlier, police had said the federal agency would make a "brief statement" on the marathon case.

[Updated at 6:09 p.m. ET] "Every hour we're closer" to finding  the person or people responsible for Monday's twin bomb blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.

[Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET] As of late Wednesday afternoon, Boston-area hospitals had released at least 103 of the 178 people treated for injuries sustained in Monday's attack near the Boston Marathon's finish line, according to a CNN tally.

Thirteen of those still hospitalized remain in critical condition, hospital officials said.

[Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET] A news conference about the Boston Marathon bombings that had been scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. has been postponed.

[Updated at 4:08 p.m. ET] Authorities investigating this week's attack want to question a man who was seen, on video, wearing a white baseball cap as a possible suspect in the case, two official sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

One of the sources said the man had the hat on backwards and was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket. The second source said that investigators have not identified this person.

[Updated at 2:58 p.m. ET] The FBI said in a statement Wednesday that no arrest has been made, "contrary to widespread reporting," tied to Monday's Boston Marathon attack.

Before that, following statements from the Justice Department and the Boston police that no arrest has been made, CNN's John King said this:

A federal law enforcement source told him that there has been "significant progress but no arrest." A Boston law enforcement said "we got him," but didn't clarify whether that means authorities have identified a suspect or arrested one.

Some federal sources say that even to say the suspect has been identified goes too far, but several sources in Boston say they have a clear identification.

[Updated at 2:48 p.m. ET] There have been no arrests in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, according to Boston police and the Justice Department.

[Updated at 2:33 p.m. ET] There is conflicting information as to whether someone has been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

A federal law enforcement source told CNN's Fran Townsend that someone was arrested. But two senior administration officials and another federal official then told Townsend that there had been a misunderstanding among officials and that no one has been arrested.

[Updated at 2:23 p.m. ET] As news of an arrest spreads, a crowd has been gathering outside a federal courthouse in Boston.

[Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET] The last we heard, a law enforcement news briefing in the bombings case was scheduled for 5 p.m. ET today. We'll see if that holds.

Earlier today, CNN's John King reported that authorities had identified a suspect based on an analysis of video from a Lord & Taylor department store near the site of the second blast, and that video from a Boston TV station also helped. King cited a source who was briefed on the investigation.

[Updated at 2 p.m. ET] The arrest is based on two videos showing images of the suspect, a federal law enforcement source told CNN contributor Fran Townsend.

[Updated at 1:46 p.m.] An arrest has been made in connection with Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, sources tell CNN's John King and CNN contributor Fran Townsend. King's source is with Boston law enforcement, he said; Townsend's source is with federal law enforcement.

[Updated at 1:44 p.m.] While we wait for more information about the possible suspect, some recent information to pass on about one of the three people who were killed in Monday's blasts: Boston University said Lingzi Lu, a graduate student in mathematics and statistics, was killed.

She and two friends were watching the race near the finish line when the blasts erupted, BU Today reported. The second student was in stable condition at Boston Medical Center; the third student was not hurt, it said.

The university said that it had the family's permission to identify Lingzi Lu.

[Posted at 1:40 p.m.] Authorities may have had a breakthrough in the investigation of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. Investigators believe they have identified a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, a source who has been briefed on the investigation told CNN's John King exclusively.

The breakthrough came from analysis of video from a department store near the site of the second explosion. Video from a Boston television station also contributed to the progress, said the source, who declined to be more specific but called it a significant development.

Earlier, a federal law enforcement source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told CNN that a lid to a pressure cooker thought to have been used in the bombings had been found on a roof of a building near the scene.

Filed under: Boston • Crime • Massachusetts
soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. BLT76

    The female reporter is actually trying to justify their WRONG reporting, by saying law enforcement used them to get the message out there. The reporter in the middle is an absolute idiot, and AC should really get off the screen. If he wants to have any credibility ever again, please let these two other reports continue talking in circles. So disappointed in CNN!

    April 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ammicon1

    CNN=Shame! Get your act together.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pandora

    Way to go, CNN. Why don't you stick to reporting facts. If I wanted to hear gossip and speculation, I'd go to my grandmother's knitting circle. Unbelievable.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. him

    AN OBSERVATION: Our news media have become a disgrace. These days they've become no better than the phony newspapers sold at the grocery checkouts. They report as truth anything and everything, as soon as they hear something. It's obvious in the attempt to be the "first" with a story, they've given up real reporting. When proven wrong, they don't offer an apology. The "reporting" on the Boston bombing during the last hour should be the nail in the coffin for their reputations. They are shameless!

    April 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeyZ

      Agreed. CNN deserves credit for being the first "news" organization to plant its foot firmly in its mouth.

      April 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      The irony is today, that CNN is literally talking about why the FBI can't release data until they absolutely know for sure. Should they learn from their own advice? It's a disgrace. I hope something is learned from this. False news is dangerous too.

      April 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bouldergurl

      Absolutely agree!!! It is the nail in the coffin for me – and I refuse to even glance at CNN again for anything! I gave up television years ago and will get ALL my news online anywhere but CNN!!! In fact, I'll write CNN an old fashioned letter and tell them just that – that they are forever OFF my list for any type of news source whatsoever! And I'm happy to do so...ever so happy! They are an utter disgrace!!!

      April 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bouldergurl

      Consider it done! I'm leaving you BOGUS CNN – yeah!!!!

      April 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sharon T.

    Shame on you, CNN! CHECK FACTS!

    April 17, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |

      second to that.

      April 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sid

    CNN – I understand your thirst to be the first – that shouldn't compromise your journalistic integrity – don't cry wolf before you do some fact checking on this specific story – many of us are very keen and eager – but don't repeat a "Richard Jewell" again please.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dennis ganno

      CNN mistake is bad enough, but own up to it and stop trying to put the blame on others.Don't blame your sources, NBC got it right again.CNN has not learned a thing, history repeats itself. Past errors are too numerous to mention. So I won't.

      April 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. j-no

    Why did all the media outlets report that an arrest was made? Where is this misinformation coming from?

    April 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Only CNN reported an arrest being made. MSNBC and NBC did not. I did not see any TV reporting by CBS, ABC and Fox.

      April 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jerri beatty

      u r sooo right so angry these reporters jump at everything I like Anderson Cooper he's pulling back others aren't I feel for those families they (media) are gonna be all over them by Thursday...sad its not journalism its greed..

      April 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sylar

    Like Always.. They Can't Ever wait until there is 100% confirmation.. And Another Thing.. Thanks Anderson Cooper for showing everyone how to make bombs like the one that just blew up.. I can guarantee there will be more to come thanks to you guys! Great Idea Guys.. Just show the next deranged individual just how easy it is to make a bomb.. Copy Cats are foaming at the mouth as we speak!

    April 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ckbflash

    Horrible reporting continues....this reporter just stated that "time was on the investigator's side" and that "the horrible event has already happened" now is the time for focusing on the prosecution!? How about getting the suspect as rapidly as possible to keep him/her from killing more people???!!!! Time is NOT on the investigator's side! The first priority is to get the person that did this off the street! Somebody please get her to stop talking!!!!The priority is not the court conviction!

    April 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sly

    Nobody as ignorant as Americans. Americans blame the politicians they elect, they blame the media for trying to do their job. Americans go onto blogs and criticize everyone else, when usually the folks they criticize (reporters, actors, the President) are much smarter then them.

    Face it bozo Americans – the people you elect represent YOU. They are you.

    Stop blaming other people, and look in the mirror. YOU are the problem. YOU sent us to Iraq for 10 years for nothing. 95% of YOU wanted it. Y'all loved your 'shock and awe'. ALL of you. So shut the f-k up and let people a whole lot smarter than you do their job. No one is criticizing how well you empty garbage cans all day, so stop criticizing what others do for a living.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeyZ

      Speaking as an American planted well to the right of the intellectual bell curve's median, I thank you for your comment.

      April 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ammicon1

    CNN=Egg on face. Dummies

    April 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sane Person

    Jumped the gun on that one, didn't ya CNN?

    April 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Momar

    There's been an arrest. Somebody dropped the ball and leaked the info – most likely with the best of intentions. Probably gonna get fired, but there's somebody plea bargaining right now. If I were betting it's a white male in mid to late 30's whom is ultra conservative and is domestic.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gary Corfitzson

    CNN, get that blabbernouth woman off of your live on air coverage. She can't wait for Anderson or Como to make their point so she can talk talk talk. Tell her to go get everyone some pizza.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gary Corfitzson

    CNN, get that blabbermouth woman off of your live on air coverage. She can't wait for Anderson or Como to make their point so she can talk talk talk. Tell her to go get everyone some pizza.

    April 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
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